Unrequited Love and Parasites

A Fable

This tale is of a most unhappy rat — 
Diminutive Lothario (rodential) — 
Who in a twitchy-whiskered tabby cat
Did smell romantic paramour potential.

This lovelorn rat endeavored to entice
His would-be lover’s fickle feline fancy
To love a rat, although she dined on mice.
(Indeed such venture must be rather chancy.)

Approaching her to make his feelings known,
He swooned from his olfactory delight,
And Tabby ate him — fur and flesh and bone
And addled brain (beset by parasite).

The moral: Trust no neurochemistry:
It could be Toxoplasma gondii.

© Lori A. Claxton 2017

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